Turning just one Sumatran province's forests and peat swamps into pulpwood and palm oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands and rapidly driving the province's elephants into extinction, a new study by WWF and partners has found.
The study found that in central Sumatra's Riau Province nearly 10.5 million acres of tropical forests and peat swamp have been cleared in… Continue
With all the great innovation taking place in the developing world, we wanted to take this opportunity to pull together some of our favorites that we have across over the past few years. They range from a rickshaw bank to a bamboo bicycle to a homemade glider. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
Fairtrade Fortnight 2008, an event to celebrate all things fairtrade, officially got underway in London this week and will continue until March 9th. Learn more about the fairtrade movement and the events taking place in your neighborhood over the next few weeks by visiting the Fairtrade Foundation's…Continue
Beginning Sunday, March 16 through Saturday, March 22, restaurants across the US will invite customers to donate a minimum of $1 for the tap water they would normally get for free. According to the organization, for every dollar raised, a child will have clean drinking water for 40 days. Learn more here!
With near-historic prices at the pump, a lot of us probably wish our cars could get better gas mileage. What few people realize, however, is that just changing our driving technique can help us squeeze a few extra miles out of every tank.
One hurdle to learning how to drive more efficiently has been that our cars don't give us feedback on how our specific driving methods affect fuel economy. Many newer models are equipped… Continue
Worldwide, it’s the second most consumed beverage after water. Worldwide, it’s the second most traded commodity after oil. These two statistics alone should give you a sense for the enormous impact coffee has on our lives, and thus our environment.
Australia's carbon emissions would continue to grow due to a heavy reliance on coal for electricity, a government report said on Monday, although the country would meet its Kyoto emissions targets by 2012.
Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said emissions would grow by 108 percent of 1990 levels from 2008 to 2012, meeting commitments under the Kyoto Protocol which sets binding Greenhouse gas targets for developed nations.
Wong said the figures were good for Australia, and… Continue
Brazil's federal police said it launched an operation on Monday aimed at fighting deforestation in the Amazon, a week after townspeople clashed with local police over illegal sawmills.
About 300 federal police agents and troopers from the paramilitary national security force arrived in northern Para state in helicopters and a caravan of vehicles. The operation dubbed Arch of Fire should have a total of 1,000 agents on the ground when it is in full force, the agency… Continue
A report by the Adam Smith Institute says fair trade offers a better deal to some producers at the expense of the great majority of farmers
The burgeoning fair trade movement which allows consumers to buy ethically sourced products such as… Continue
Bono, co-founder of the RED Campaign, proposed the idea of a (RED) Auction to Damien Hirst during a vacation in France a few years ago, and what resulted was the (RED) Auction at Sotheby's this month, which raised $42 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. With an audience that included the likes of Queen Noor, Martha Stewart, Russell Simmons, and Zhang Ziyi, the… Continue
This post's title, "Talk About a Crock...," is the title of a recent blog post by Bob Lutz, GM's product development chief. His post discusses the backlash he has received from the online community about comments he made last month about global warming, which he apparently called a "total crock of shit." On his blog, Mr. Lutz says, "My beliefs are mine and I have a right to them, just as you have a right to yours. But among my strongest beliefs is that my job is to do what makes the most… Continue
Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, celebrated his 84th birthday this week, still adamant that he will remain in power after next month's elections, saying, "There will never be regime change here ... Never." How a man can spend the equivalent of about $250,000 on a birthday party while the rest of his country deals with unemployment rates of over 80%, an inflation rate of over 100,000%, and acute shortages… Continue
Eight years ago, global nations and institutions came together in an agreement to work together to end extreme poverty by 2015. Specific targets were set to (1) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, (2) Achieve universal primary education, (3) Promote gender equality and empower women, (4) Reduce child mortality, (5) Improve materal health, (6) Combat HIV/AIDS, maleria and other diseases, (7) Ensure environmental sustainability, and (8) Develop a global partnership for… Continue
Earth Hour is a global event created to symbolize that each one of us, working together, can make a positive impact on climate change - no matter who we are or where we live. Building off the program that was piloted in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, the event will be replicated in over 12 cities worldwide in 2008.
Earth Hour is intended to bring together a diverse group of community, municipal, corporate and nongovernmental… Continue
The A380 becomes the world's first commercial aircraft jet to fly on alternative fuel.
Manufacturer Airbus hopes the test flight may well signal the start of a more climate friendly era for the industry. Green lobbyists remain deeply sceptical, arguing that such fuels simply replace one set of environmental problems with… Continue
The Brazilian government focuses on reforestation projects which have been hailed a success by the international industry watchdog.
Conservation teams have been working on a series of strategies to ensure that harvesting does not significantly impact on the survival of the rainforest. Earlier this year the Brazilian Government came under fire after new evidence suggested that logging rates were… Continue
I would like to let you know about www.adupo.com, a website I have been working on for the last few weeks with the help of a charity called ABLe Volunteers International Fund (www.avif.org.uk): All the products for sale on the site have been purchased from Mike Mwaniki Njogu, the manufacturer in Kenya and all the revenue we generate will be reinvested in further stock.
We are basically trying to establish a sustainable business for… Continue